Local Veterinarian Adds Chiropractic Services

Sandi Leonard, DVM, of Peculiar, owner of Veterinary Alternatives, has added animal chiropractic services to her practice. She completed her training in September 2012 and passed certification tests with both the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association and the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association. This certification is the third Dr. Leonard has received, joining certifications in acupuncture and Chinese Veterinary Food Therapy. Veterinary Alternatives is a house-call service for pets that has been offering holistic care since 2004 and currently uses acupuncture, nutritional therapy, and chiropractic on house-pets of all kinds.

Dr. Leonard completed the 200 hour chiropractic course at Options for Animals in Wellsville, KS. She states “I have often found my patients to have chiropractic needs and had to refer them to other doctors. Now I can give my patients the treatments they need to keep them as healthy as possible”. According to Dr. Leonard, many animals with health issues that would benefit from acupuncture such as arthritis, back pain, and leg surgeries also need chiropractic to keep them biomechanically sound. Animals that are limping or moving abnormally tend to cause their joints to be misaligned which causes swelling around nerves in the area, which has further negative effects on body function. Chiropractic adjustments correct these misalignments and allow the nervous system to function as it is intended. While chiropractic treatment in beneficial in all pets, it is frequently used in patients with lameness issues and in performance animals such as agility or hunting dogs. More information is available on the Veterinary Alternatives website at www.vetalternatives.com or through the AVCA and IVCA websites.

Veterinary Alternatives has as its mission to “optimize patient health”. The practice is based on providing services regular veterinary clinics do not in order to achieve complete health care. Treatment of chronic health issues, behavioral problems, custom diet plans, and overall health management form the basis of the practice, which is strictly a house-call service.

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